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How to pack an earthquake/disaster kit for college students

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What does a college student need for an earthquake/disaster preparedness emergency backpack? Here’s what I packed for my daughter.

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10 survival items for beginning apartment preppers

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Suppose you live in an apartment with limited storage space – what are some of the first things needed to start being prepared?

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Gear review: Wiggy’s Thule is a great winter camping sleeping bag

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A reliable sleeping bag is a vital survival tool, and a faulty one can be dangerous. Here’s what I learned about Wiggy’s sleeping bags..

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Mark's hardtack recipe is tasty and nutritious!

Try making hardtack: A great, cheap addition to your survival gear

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Even after yeast was discovered by the Egyptians, there was a purpose for unleavened breads.

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How to: Choose the right sleeping bag

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Too light a sleeping bag can put you in danger of hypothermia. Too heavy a bag may be too hot for comfort. Here’s how to pick a good one for your specific needs.

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Make A Practical Water Purification System Part of Your Survival Kit

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In a disaster, no single item or piece of gear can guarantee your ability to purify water for drinking. But several carefully-chosen pieces of water purification equipment might give you a fighting chance!

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For Wilderness and Urban Safety: Attach a whistle to your child

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You can only yell for help as long as your voice lasts. Here’s why you need to carry a whistle.

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A survival situation can start with a vehicle sliding off the road in bad weather. (Pantenburg photo)

Video: Prepare to survive in your car during a winter storm

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A routine drive to visit the family can turn into a nightmare. Here are some survival tools to take along in your vehicle.

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Prevent loss of small critical survival items by attaching a poptop, and securing them to a clip or lanyard.

Don’t lose your gear: Pop a top for equipment safety

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Hanging on to your survival tools can be critical. But many of the items are difficult to secure. Here’s how to use a pop top to secure just about anything.

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I always carry a pencil and notebook in my compass setup. (Pantenburg photos)

Don’t get lost: Tune up your compass

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There is no substitute for a good compass, and the ability to use it. Stay found to stay out of trouble!

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